Foord International Feeder Fund
CLOSED TO NEW INVESTMENT
For conservative, absolute return-oriented investors in global markets
The fund aims to achieve meaningful inflation-beating US$ returns over rolling five-year periods from a conservatively managed portfolio of global investments reflecting Foord's prevailing best investment view.
FOR SOUTH AFRICAN INVESTORS
• With a moderate risk profile
• Requiring diversification through investments not available in South Africa
• Seeking to hedge rand depreciation.
|Year||Fund Return %||Benchmark Return %||SA Inflation %|
|2006 (from 01/Mar)||24.9||28.4||5.0|
To achieve meaningful US inflation-beating ZAR equivalent returns over a full investment cycle.
Longer than three years.
1 March 2006
R50 000 lump sum or R1 000 per month
The portfolio may only invest in cash and one other collective investment scheme.
The Foord International Fund, in which the fund invests, does not distribute its income.
Marginal to zero income yield as the Foord International Fund is a roll-up fund and does not distribute its income.
Fully invested in the Foord International Fund, sub-fund of Foord SICAV, domiciled in Luxembourg.
|Risk of loss||
Currency volatility means risk of loss in the short term is high. In general, the risk of loss is lower than that of the average foreign equity fund.
|Security description||Asset class||Market||Portfolio weight %|
|ETFS Physical Gold||Commodity||GB||7.1|
|Nagacorp 9.375% 21/05/2021||Bond||SG||5.8|
|Roche Holding AG||Equity||CH||4.4|
|CVS Health Corp||Equity||US||4.2|
|Wheaton Precious Metals Corp||Equity||US||3.6|
|Johnson and Johnson||Equity||US||3.5|
Monthly Commentary – December 2020
- Developed market equities (+4.2%) again reached new highs—the approval of the first COVID-19 vaccines by US, UK and EU regulators and (delayed) passage of a $900 billion US pandemic relief bill drove markets
- Improving global economic sentiment propelled emerging markets (+7.4%) higher—commodity exporters Brazil (+13.6%) and Russia (+10.1%) led returns, boosted by increases in underlying commodity prices including oil (+8.9%) and iron ore (+25.1%)
- Developed market bond yields diverged modestly—European sovereign yields declined on reaccelerating COVID-19 infections, while US yields edged higher on a modest improvement in US employment and the COVID-19 vaccine approvals
- The US dollar continued to weaken against most emerging market currencies and the majors—improving global economic prospects and an 11th hour Brexit trade deal led to gains for the euro (+2.3%) and British pound (+2.4%)
- Industrial commodities oil (+8.9%), copper (+2.7%) and iron ore (+25.1%) rose on expectations that production, distribution and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines may be enough to curtail the pandemic and accelerate global growth in 2021—precious metals gold (+6.6%) and silver (19.6%) rebounded after three months of retreat
- UK utility SSE PLC (+11.8%) and Hong-Kong property developer Wharf REIC (+11.9%) contributed the most to performance—Chinese insurer PICC Property & Casualty (-8.3%), detracted
- The managers continue to favour equities over other asset classes—mindful of elevated equity valuations, however, the managers also hold cash, precious metals and a modest derivative position to hedge against a potential market retracement
- The rand (+5.0% vs the US dollar) gained on broad-based dollar weakness and positive emerging markets sentiment on COVID-19 vaccine news and expectations for accelerating global economic growth in 2021—despite recent dollar weakness, the rand (-5.0%) is weaker over 2020 and remains vulnerable over the longer term
The standard charge rate is a fixed fee of 0.35% plus VAT. A 1.00% annual fee is levied in the Foord International Fund.
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